Transitioning to Teaching Language Online
This STARTALK program is for K-16 teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 6-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of taking an online course. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language course. By the end of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities for an online course of their own. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements (optional graduate credits available). Applications are due April 28, 2014.
Who should apply
This program is open only to
K-16 critical language teachers (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu) who are experienced classroom teachers and
who employ a proficiency-based, communication oriented methodology. Teachers
who have attended a previous STARTALK course on methodology or technology
are encouraged to apply.
*** Please complete the Teacher Participant Application. ***
There is no cost for course registration to teachers selected for the program, but participants will need to purchase a book for the course. As the course is completely online, there are no costs for transportation or housing!
Optional Graduate Credit Available
Cost: For those not enrolled in degree programs at the University of Minnesota, the tuition cost is $613 per credit for this two credit course, PLUS approximately $100 in registration fees for two credits. You can find a chart of tuition and fees for non-degree-seeking students or refer to the University's OneStop website for more complete information. Cost for those who are University of Minnesota students will be based on your status at the University.
Process: Registration for credit will take place in June, just prior to the beginning of the STARTALK program. You will be billed the cost of University tuition and fees by the University of Minnesota Registrar’s Office by July 12. Your bill will be due in full by July 30, 2014.
Application due by: April 28, 2014
Acceptance notification by: May 6, 2014
Course dates: June 23- Aug 3, 2014
Course format and technology requirements
This course is delivered entirely online through an online course management system. This course is almost entirely asynchronous, but there may be one synchronous meeting and partner activities that are at arranged times. You should expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours per week on this course.
You will need an internet connection with a good speed connection in order to watch and create videos online. You will need a headset with microphone and a webcam for your computer in order to participate fully in the course. All of the applications we use online will be free or demonstration sites to try out activities.
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Mentors Needed
Do you already have more than 1 year experience teaching
a fully online language course?
We are looking for motivated, experienced online teachers of less commonly taught languages (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu) who use a student-centered, communication-oriented, and proficiency-based methodology (i.e., not a course for reading knowledge, or a grammar-based curriculum). Mentors will be expected to share their expertise with the teacher participants during the course by sharing model activities, participating in discussions, providing feedback, and answering questions. Mentors will receive $1500 for about 60 hours of work including pre-course training/activities, the 6-week course, and a post-course evaluation.
Important dates are the same as for course participants (see above).
*** Please complete the Mentor application. ***